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November 1, 2013

Dear Abby: Mom is center of tug-of-war between boyfriend and her son

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I have asked Todd for the last four years to please stop, but he hasn’t. He keeps saying he will, but I don’t know how much longer I want to wait. I know it’s unfair to expect to change someone, but I would not be comfortable getting engaged or married to Todd if he’s still getting stoned. I love him. Should I give it more time or move on?

Patient Girlfriend In San Diego

Dear Girlfriend: You have been patient enough. If Todd had any intention of quitting, it would have happened already. Four years of procrastination are enough. Because you feel so strongly about this, it’s time to move on because your boyfriend is not going to change.

Dear Abby: I would like to share a Thanksgiving tradition our family has enjoyed for years. We realized that after a big holiday dinner we weren’t ready to eat a lot of dessert, so we started having “Pie Night” the evening before Thanksgiving. After a light meal we could enjoy the various pies or cakes family members brought. It became one of our favorite traditions.

My father suggested it as a social event/fundraiser to the pastor of our local church, and it was one of their best-attended events. Our family is scattered across the country now, but those times were some of my favorites, and I thought some of your readers might like to incorporate it into their holiday celebrations, too.

Good Times In Arizona

Dear Good Times: They might, indeed, especially if they are trying to spread those extra calories over a longer period. (And it would be a good idea to exercise the day after they indulge.) Thanks for the suggestion.

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Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. Write Dear Abby at www.DearAbby.com or P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069.

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